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One of my favorite things about election time is the ceaseless stream of statistics that shoot out of every media orifice. I love statistics.

So on this glorious (kind of) and depressing (sweet, sweet Obama) morning, the New York Times offers a bevy of exit polling statistics which asked New Hampshire’s primary voters what they thought about a variety of topics. The questions were separated into Democrat and Republican and the answers were broken down by the respondent’s candidate of choice. Awesome!

This was the best question asked of the Democrats:

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Now see, this makes me sad for Hillary. Because, while she did technically win New Hampshire, in actuality, Bill Clinton won. And really, no one can compete with Bill Clinton. He’s our Reagan. (Oh man – that was my favorite thing to write of all time.) I don’t know if this is legal, but would it be possible for Bill to run as Hillary’s VP? Does anyone know if this violates the term limit rule?

Nevertheless, unless he can run as VP, I’m still reasonably certain we won’t actually have Bill running, and I’m satisfied that Obama supporters actually like Obama most. And while we all know that the 90s were a culturally superior era (for proof, see Britney then and now), I’m not sure that Bill Clinton could even make things better at this point. We need someone completely new to start repairing our bonds to the rest of the world.

On to the Republicans:

The thing that’s so great about New Hampshire, is that they’re all staunch libertarians. Let me just put it out there that I don’t like libertarians because their policies only work for the middle range of people in a society and cannot take into account the 25% at the high and low end of every statistical range. Also, I don’t think they understand the concept of a public good. Whatevs. So, libertarians, while ridiculous, are the only conservatives I even like at this point. Also, it makes for wholly un-extrapolatable (oy, sorry) data in terms of what other American Republicans are into. Check it out:

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Here are excellent examples of New Hampshire Republicans totally bucking two of the key foundations of modern Republicanism. Eighty-two percent of them believe that in some-to-all cases, abortion should be legal. This is probably better than the national average for Democrats (but don’t quote me on that). Libertarians believe this because, like traditional conservatives, they want the government all out of their shit, including their women’s uteri. Neo-conservatives, on the other hand, are all up in everyone’s shit, forcing their questionable Christian values on otherwise good, moral people.

And then, while the same-sex union issue isn’t quite as stark for the state’s Republicans as a whole (60% kind of-to-totally oppose), for the voters of the dude who actually won (McCain), they pretty much love themselves some unencumbered dude-on-dude marriage action.

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This one is just nice because I hate Bush so much, and apparently everyone but Romney’s bitches agrees with me.

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In an anticipated, but still disappointing compromise between Democrats and Republicans, the House passed the Employment Nondiscrimination Act that makes it illegal for an employer:

“to fail or refuse to hire or to discharge any individual, or otherwise discriminate against any individual with respect to the compensation, terms, conditions or privileges of employment of the individual, because of such individual’s actual or perceived sexual orientation.”

While on its face this law might seem like a kind of civil rights triumph (certainly Nancy Pelosi believes so), omitted from this legislation is language that would protect employees on the basis of actual or perceived gender identity. The New York Times reports that Democrats initially included the language for gender protection in ENDA, but removed it to garner Republican support and the chance of Bush withholding his veto. ENDA also includes language that allows religious institutions a blanket exemption from the nondiscrimination policy.

Democrats insist that progress in this civil rights area must be incremental for change to happen at all, but fail to admit the unlikelihood that a protection for gender identity could ever be passed on it’s own without tying it in with a broad base of other protections. Comprehensive legislation that is deferred until all provisions can be included would force the Republicans to lose face on this legislation as many state governments and large corporations already incorporate these protections and support them for promoting justice and economic prosperity. Thankfully the Senate still has to introduce its own version of the legislation, which many hope will restore the gender identity provisions. If you are looking to volunteer with phone banks or otherwise help organize around this issue, there are two organizations active in or near Brooklyn who support Transgender inclusion in legislation.

The Audre Lorde Project:

5 South Oxford Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11217-1607
Phone: 718.596.0342 Fax: 718.596.1328

About the ALP:

The principles guiding the work and development of The Audre Lorde Project as a progressive organiztion seeking social justice are as follows:

Recognizing the full diversity of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two-Spirit, and Transgender (LGBTST) people of color, and our collective histories of struggle against discrimination and other forms of oppression, the Audre Lorde Project has been established to serve as a home base that LGBTST peoples of African / Black/ Caribbean, Arab, Asian & Pacific Islander, Latina/o, and Native/Indigenous descent can use to organize, support, and advocate for our diverse communites.

As such, ALP seeks to work with LGBTST people of color organizations and communities across differences of race/ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, age, ability, and life experiences (e.g. class, immigration status, HIV serostatus, health status, etc.) in order to develop and implement culturally specific and effective programs and services reflecting the needs of our communities.

Volunteer at the ALP:

Have you ever thought of getting involved with the Audre Lorde Project (ALP), but weren’t sure how to plug in? Are you looking for an opportunity to discuss and learn more about the critical issues facing the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming (LGBTSTGNC) People of Color communities?

Then come by and help out on our new volunteer night! The second Tuesday of each month! This Tuesday, November 13th 6:30pm! Learn about opportunities to volunteer at ALP. Help create general information guides and fun safer sex kits. We’ll provide the food and fun. Metro Cards provided upon request.

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Center:

208 West 13th Street, New York, NY 10011
Phone: 212.620.7310 Fax: 212.924.2657

About the LGBT Center:

Established in 1983, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center has grown to become the largest LGBT multi-service organization on the East Coast and second largest LGBT community center in the world. Every week, 6,000 people visit the Center, and more than 300 groups meet here. In addition, our myriad meeting rooms are booked months in advance, indicating the community is as hungry as ever for a place to call its own.

We provide groundbreaking social service, public policy, educational and cultural/recreational programs. We also serve as an incubator for grassroots groups that meet here. Indeed, we were the birthplace of organizations such as the AIDS activist group ACT UP and the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the principal organization combating homophobia and stereotyping of gays in the media.

Volunteer at the LGBT Center:

An enriching, rewarding, and fun way to participate and to contribute to the community is to volunteer. Nothing takes place at the Center that does not require some level of volunteer energy and expertise. Volunteers fuel the Center’s engine by building community and family. Some come with specific knowledge, such as architects, bankers, lawyers, teachers, painters, parents, event planners and producers, activists, archivists, editors, photographers, and builders. Others come with patience, time, and the willingness to provide whatever support is necessary so long as it benefits the larger community. We, the Center, could not survive and could not serve the community without volunteers.

Sign up to be a volunteer here.

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Harpers reports that Daniel Pipes, founder of campuswatch and general proponent of repressiveness and hatemongering, has officially signed on to be an advisor to presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani.

Daniel Pipes Notable Quotables:

“Diplomacy rarely ends conflicts…the oft-heard mantra that ‘there is no military solution’ in short, has things exactly wrong.”

“Iraq’s plight is neither a coalition responsibility nor a particular danger to the West. Fixing Iraq is neither the coalition’s responsibility, nor its burden. When Sunni terrorists target Shi’ites and vice versa, non-Muslims are less likely to be hurt. “

Huzzah!

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Regarding oneiroi’s recent post about Congress stepping aside and letting Bush quietly ream our democracy: MoveOn.org has created a petition that you can read and sign here. Go on record saying, “I’m outraged that Congress capitulated to President Bush and gave him more unchecked power to wiretap Americans without a warrant. I demand Congress act swiftly to reverse this reckless act.”

Because, seriously. Why the fuck did we elect democrats if this is what they’re doing with their time?

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Ann Coulter is a bitch. This is a statement as absolute as “water is wet” or “Brooklyn is rad.” One of her books, Slander: Liberal Lies about the American Right, sits on my night stand. I read it from time to time, most often only for a chapter, until I get so pissed off that I change to Goodnight Moon to calm myself before bed. I read the essays on her website, where she talks about how dispicable Hollywood is, how anyone voting for Obama is simply suffering from “White Guilt” and, my personal favorite, how the media consists of a bunch of attention-grabbing whores. I read her. And I understand, I’m part of the problem. I’m fueling the fire. Pouring salt on the sociopolitical wound. Sadly, I enjoy reading her not just because of her inflammatory nature, but because while I often disagree with her, I also think she’s a pretty damn good writer.

And now Ms. Coulter has thrown in her two cents about the Virginia Tech massacre. I’m with her for the beginning. When faced with tragedies in this country, there is always an overwhelmingly optimistic desire to fix things. Americans (and other countries as well) feel the need to blame something, be it violence in entertainment, the parents, the school systems, in order to feel better. There’s nothing wrong with this, it’s basic human nature. We see something wrong, and we want to fix it. To fix it, it needs to be assigned to a problem. I think Ann understands this too. However she goes on to say that:

“Virginia Tech even prohibits students with concealed-carry permits from carrying their guns on campus. Last year, the school disciplined a student for carrying a gun on campus, despite his lawful concealed-carry permit. If only someone like that had been in Norris Hall on Monday, this massacre could have been ended a lot sooner.”

Gun control is a ridiculously complicated issue, and the concealed carry laws have danced back and forth between states for decades. But there are a few things that I think Ms. Coulter needs to think about. First of all, a concealed carry law would not have stopped the shootings from happening, as she suggests earlier on in her essay. School shootings, at least in the cases of Virginia Tech, Columbine and the University of Texas, are never carried out with escape intentions. They are carried out by disturbed, jaded, (and in the case of Texas, mentally imbalanced) people who know that they will be ending their lives at some point during the attack. So somehow, I doubt they are afraid of being shot, whether by their own hand or someone else’s. Allowing private citizens to carry concealed weapons isn’t going to stop someone from unleashing their pent-up, violent aggression towards society. Also, it should be noted that the concealed carry laws would allow these private citizens to carry their weapons not just in times of desired heroism, but all the time. That’s great that Ann gives statistics saying “States that allowed citizens to carry concealed handguns reduced multiple-shooting attacks by 60 percent and reduced the death and injury from these attacks by nearly 80 percent,” but what about individual attacks? I can understand that some of these attacks may be cut short by another gunman taking out a mass murderer, but what about the individual gun violence accounts? What about the fact that we’d be adopting the same principles that were around in the old west? Doesn’t raising people in an environment where, in any heated situation, they can fall back on having a weapon in their pocket, seem a little fucking crazy?

I know that getting upset about something that Ann Coulter says makes as much sense as farting with the windows up, but this is an issue that a majority of the country stands behind by using the second amendment. Between the old west and revolutionary times, it seems that a lot of people in this country are more interested in regression than anything else. I know that even the most strong-minded people, in the wake of a tragedy, are desperate to make things better. Allowing private citizens to carry guns in their pockets is not the way to do that.

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